Summer Reading Challenge from Semi-Charmed Kind of Life


Well, I finished the winter reading challenge in just one month, but I’m not feeling as confident about this summer reading challenge (thanks Kristen…) and also, I just had to put a bunch on hold at the library and they had a waitlist. Unfortunately, they also have to come from other counties. I even had to pick books based on what I had access too. Boo.

Summer Reading Challenge

This reading challenge is hosted by Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life. I really enjoyed participating in my first challenge because it pushed me to read some new books!

5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
The Pursuit of Love, Nancy Mitford [Paperback that I own and have been meaning to read.]

10 points: Read a book you have never heard of before. (Just go to a shelf and pick a book based on the cover, the title, whatever you want!)
Well, I’ll have to pick one out when I go to the library!

10 points: Read a book that has been on your TBR list for at least two years. (If you’ve had a Goodreads account for 2+ years, this will be easy to figure out. If you don’t, do your best to pick a book you’re pretty sure you’ve been wanting to read for years.)
The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi [I purchased this book in 2011 with every intention of reading it, but I only read the short story that was included at the end of the edition, so it’s time to read the actual novel! The edition I have is actually longer because it includes the short story.]

10 points: Read a book that won a Goodreads “Best Book” award in 2014.
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart I don’t read many young adult novels, so I’m looking forward to this! [I put the audio and hardback on hold at the library. Both have long waitlists. Going to have to see which comes in first!]

15 points: Read a book by an author who is completely new to you.
Yes Please, Amy Pohler [I just picked this one up from the library on audio and was going to read it anyway! If We Were Liars doesn’t come in quick enough, I may move it up to the above category and read another novel because there are plenty of authors who would be new to me!]

15 points: Read a book by an author you have read before. (No re-reads for this one.)
Home, Marilynne Robinson [I have had this one on audio, waiting to be listened to for awhile. Gilead was so much to process, so I was putting this off, even though I loved Gilead and I’ve had Robinson’s latest on hold forever at the library. So long that they added a “cancel if not fulfilled by” date…]

15 points: Read a book with “light” or “dark” in the title. (Or “lightness” or “darkness.”)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera [I have heard of this book a lot, but don’t know much about it, so no spoilers!]

20 points: Read a book with the name of a city, state or country in the title.
A Passage to India, E.M. Forester [I almost read this for the winter challenge – I forget the category. I have the Audible version waiting.]

20 points: Read a book with an animal on the cover.
The Civil Contract, Georgette Heyer [The Audible version that I has shows a person riding a horse on the cover.]

25 points: Read a book that is part of a series with at least four books.
Of course, I just finished the 5th book in the Dublin Muder Squad series, which would have fit perfectly… ahh…
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1), Jacqueline Winspear [My mom read this book and recommended it. She let her best friend borrow her copy. I am trying to use up my paperback swap credits and just delete my account, so I grabbed a copy on there a few months ago. So, it’s sitting on my shelf!]

25 points: Read a book that is longer than 500 pages long. — Submitted by winter finisher Kristen from See You in a Porridge.
The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope [I really have enjoyed most, if not all, of Trollope’s works, and this one has been on my TBR list for a long time. So, perfect chance! I snagged it on the cheap off of Audible using my how to save money on Audible versions of classic books, which you can read here.]

30 points: Read a book with an alliterative title. (All words in the title must begin with the same letter; no exceptions for articles or prepositions. Examples: Gone Girl or Nicholas Nickleby. Yes, this is tough, which is why it’s worth the most points!)
Daniel Deronda, George Eliot [This is a LONG one… so I picked it up off of Audible.]

Happy reading!

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  • I don’t think I’ll finish this one in a month either, why did I pick that category? lol. I have we were liars in kindle format if you want me to send it to you? happy to 🙂 I haven’t read it yet though. The only one I have read on your list is Yes Please 🙂 Good luck!

    • You will keep EVERYONE from finishing in a month. So, it’s kind of a good category to keep the competition going longer! I’ll let you know about that book. I may move Yes Please into that category because I have plenty of other books to read by authors I haven’t read. Although, I will keep my hold on it at the library because I am interested in eventually reading it!
      I hope Yes Please is good!

      • lol i really wanted to have that category where you read a book someone else read for the challenge because that stops people from finishing in a month as well. not that there is anything wrong with finishing in a month! Yes Please was good – I don’t know much about her so I enjoyed it. I don’t think I would have liked the book, but the audiobook was good.

        • Oh yeah, that would be hard to read from someone else’s list, especially if you are like me with a horrible library. I got the audio of Yes Please. I thought it would make it more interesting. Actually, my husband, who doesn’t read much, said he was interested in listening! The only other things I got him to read or listen to were BJ Novak’s short stories and Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried because I told him O’Brien’s book was what made me love writing and his dad was in Vietnam.

  • I love reading challenges!!!! Does she host a challenge every season? I’ll have to check out her fall one if she does! (I’ve already got my summer reading planned AND I’m working on Anne Bogel’s reading challenge too, but I think I’ll have it finished when fall rolls around.)

    I can’t wait to hear what you think about Maisie Dobbs! I read the first book in the series over the winter and decided I’ll be back for more at some point!

    • Every winter and summer! I did the winter one this year (it was my first one). It was fun because it pushed me to read some books I probably would have ignored or pushed off. I think the winter one starts in November, so it’s a little bit fall.

      I have heard some really mixed reviews on Maisie Dobbs. Like either horrible or wonderful. My mom loved it, but the last two she recommended were horrible. She did do a good job recommending Sharon Kay Penman novels, though.

      • I’ll look forward to November then!!! 🙂

        I really WANTED to like the Dobbs series. I didn’t LOVE the first book, but I feel like the series has potential! What were the two book recommendations that your Mom bombed on? What didn’t you like about those?
        *~ Victoria*

        • My mom really likes sagas, I think. She has bombed on every Jeffery Archer novel. I think that sometimes a person just likes an author, so they keep reading whatever the author puts out, which is fine, but maybe they should stop recommending the novels. Like realize when they aren’t good anymore. Plus, they’re long!!! They’re mostly 80’s authors who are still writing who shouldn’t be anymore. Penman is good, but I like historical fiction (even though her’s is long), but it’s not trashy like some. My mom keeps trying to get me to read several different John Jakes novels, but one is like 30 hours on audio. I’m like… there are 300 books on my TBR list. Later. Hahahaha (And it’s part of a trilogy!)

  • Missy Graves

    How fun! I just subscribed to Megan’s blog, and I’m looking forward to participating!

    • It is SO fun. The winter was my first time participating. I read all of them in a month. Mostly audiobooks, though. This time I have a lot more long books and more paperbacks, so I don’t think I’ll win, but I love challenges because they push me!

  • You are seriously my book reading idol! I understand that sometimes you don’t have a lot of energy, so reading is a great pass time for you, but I seriously want to be more like you and more dedicated to my reading! I need to turn off the tv and get back into my books!

  • I’ve participated twice and finished…but never finished as quickly as you. I enjoy the challenges and the community. I selected We Are Liars as well. I’ve read some of the other top goodreads books, and that was the last of the lot that really interested me.

  • Can’t wait to hear what you think of We Were Liars!

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  • Ok I was thinking about We Were Liars too.

    Maybe I should change and we can be twinssssss.

  • This is a fun challenge! The only book I read on your list is Yes Please, which was light and fun 🙂

  • I try to make the books overlap as much as possible! Hahaha. I picked my 500+ book from another challenge. I also did audio for it… I have a 500+ page book to read that I started last year that is not available in audio, so I absolutely have to read it. It’s so good, but it’s hard.
    I think you can change out books for this challenge. I asked like 100 questions this round because I still can’t decide on my alliteration book. I want a book that I actually want to read, but that one is also super long…

  • I probably won’t do this challenge this time around because I AM STILL READING THAT HORRIBLY LONG STEPHEN KING BOOK. Can you tell I’m upset that it’s 1300 pages?!?

    • Is it the one with the date as a title? I got it as an audiobook from the library and I think that at single speed it’s like 1.5 days or something ridiculous. I did finish The Way We Live Now. 700+ pages. 32 hours (I did listen at double speed). I have had it on my TBR list for a long time because it’s on the 1001 books to read before you die list. I do want to read another Stephen King novel, but the one I got was SO LONG.

      • It’s Stand. Are you talking about the one about Kennedy getting shot? I loved that one. I’ve read pretty much all of them (try the Shining) and they were all so good but this one is SO LONG. But what was that book we just read about the flu that kills everyone?…that author recommended it.

        • Haven’t heard of that one. I think I am talking about the Kennedy one. I don’t know if I can even listen to something that long. I don’t want to read The Shining, since I watched the movie. I watched an old Buffy episode where she was invisible and did something where she typed something similar on a typewriter of someone she didn’t like. It was great.
          The flu book… Station Eleven? I have a few more of her novels (I bought the paperbacks since my library didn’t have audio – probably should have gotten Audible).

  • We Were Liars had a really long wait when I read it, too, and I think that was last year!! But it was very interesting. And it’s a quick read, so hopefully people check it back in quickly. 😉

    • I did read it! They had a lot of copies (not as many audio), but it was easy to read. They had a 14 day limit sticker on it. I don’t remember what the normal number of days are, but I think I read it in 2 days or so. I was definitely surprised by it!

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